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Search and Rescue

Landslide Recovery

Urban Search and Rescue was dispatched this morning to rescue two workers when they were building a retaining wall on Conchagua, Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlán.

One of the workers was still alive when Comandos started to offer CPR and initiate rapid transport to a local Emergency Department while the body of 46yo Gregorio de Jesús Rivera was recovered.

The second victim was under several layers of mud.
Comandos de Salvamento recover Gregorio de Jesús Rivera.

Comandos Leave for Mexico

With their faith in God and the courage of a typical Comando this morning, a small contingent from our main base left this morning to Mexico City to join in on Search and Rescue/Recovery efforts already underway for the last 24 hours when the earthquake hit Tuesday September 19th.

Comando Veterans included Roberto Campos, Jhonny Edgar Ramos, Carlos Vásquez, Roberto Márquez, Josué Najarro and Edwin Portal. One by one they gathered their belongings and said goodbye to their families. One of their children wrote a message on a prominent social networking site, “We will pray that you return dad, you are an example to follow by dedicating your life to save others, I love you and await your return.”

This Wednesday afternoon, a second group of Comando volunteers will be sent to Mexico to help in recovery efforts.

Edgar Jhonny Ramos and the gang ready to part to Mexico.
Comandos de Salvamento have specialty trained brigades for rescue under collapsed structures.
The spirit of the CDS institution is very high.
Ready to help our Mexican brothers and sisters.
The first group of volunteers to be sent to Mexico, the 2nd, tomorrow.
Jhonny Ramos prepares his belongings.
Josué Najarro and Carlos Vásquez gear checking.
Off to the airport.
Grupo USAR ready to board the plane.

Comandos Head to Mexico due to Earthquake

Pictured are the El Salvador USAR team members in Ecuador during their recent Earthquake.

El Salvador’s USAR team which is composed of members from Comandos de Salvamento are heading to Mexico City in collaboration with other groups in order to help the public that were affected by two earthquakes.

These young volunteers have been specifically trained in the search, rescue and recovery operations and will be dispatched in a few hours in order to help our Mexican brothers and sisters that have been affected by three earthquakes within the span of one month. More than 100 have been killed or disappeared.

Members of Comandos de Salvamento during the trudged in Ecuador.
Today, various people have gone missing amongst the debris.
7.1 richter scale of destruction today in Mexico City.

Comandos Awarded Recognition by President of El Salvador

CDS were presented with face to face presidential recognition for the heroic work the institution did at the treasurery department 4th level fire last July 7th where 4 people died.

During a formal ceremony, President Sanchez Ceren formally recognized the National Fire Dept, Comandos, Green Cross, Social Security, FOSALUD, Health Ministry, and government employees of the treasury dept who collaborated together in stamping the fire out within an hour and a half.

Also recognized for their service was the occupational securitY and the environmental corps for immediately evacuating more than 320 people present in the building.

The following people received the medal star of Nu Tanesi:

Supervisor of the environmental corps and security of the treasury dept.,Carlos Castro. José Francisco Zeceña of the National Fire Dept., Jorge Alberto Meléndez, of Red Cross; Elvis Alexis Morales Rodas, Of Green Cross and veteran Comando Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medals of Valor were also given to Salvadoran Airforce pilots Hector Rafael Marroquín Chacón, Sidney Ernesto Marenco Ardón, Robinson Salvador Cubias González, Luis Alfonso Amaya Medrano aircraft specialist Saúl Moisés Flores Cruz for their bravery, courage and professionalism while evacuating two employees from the roof. The Salvadoran government also donated 35,000 dollars to the Red Cross, Green Cross and Comandos to help each institution and their mission to offer EMS services throughout the country.

El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén awarding Comandos Executive Director, Roberto Cruz.

Salvador Sánchez Cerén placing an award on the coat of arms flag of Comandos de Salvamento.

 The president placing a star medal  “Nu Tanesi”  on Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medallas Estrella “Nu Tanesi” otorgadas a los héroes.

Two Trapped by a Fallen Tree

CDS rescue team were immediately dispatched to the North Tikal neighborhood where two youth were trapped by a fallen tree. 12yo Brandon Steven Ramos and Jaison Vladimir Alfaro of 13 years suffered various injuries. They had been playing in the care before the tree fell trapping them inside.

Strong windstorms were the cause of the tree falling and CDS from the Apopa branch collaborated with the Municipal Protection response dept to extricate them by using chain saws to cut the tree and hydraulic equipment. The youth were stabilized, secured and transported to Rosales and Zacamil hospitals in San Salvador.

(Texto y fotos de Comandos de Salvamento)

Another Extrication Operation for Comandos

The CDS extrication team was immediately dispatched to assist 39yo Jose Palacios Casco and 37yo Gustavo Ángel Hernández when their microbus with plates  141-305 crashed into a CAESS truck who had been working along the Ejército Blvd near Molsa.

The accident took place around 10:40 pm and hydraulic extrication equipment was utilized. Gustavo suffered a head injury and both were immediately packaged and transported to higher level of care at Rosales Hospital in downtown San Salvador. It took the Comandos de Salvamento UDR team aprox 20 minutes to extricate Gustavo.

(Texto y fotos de Comandos de Salvamento)


Vídeo cortesía de TCS Noticias.

José Palacios Casco, de 39 años, conductor del microbús es liberado por la Unidad de Rescate.

SAR Recovery in Alcelhuate River

The Comandos de Salvamento High Angle Rescue Unit and the Bomberos Nacionales were able to rescue a patient who fell in the Alcelhuate River after he fell walking along the Venezuela Blvd near the La Vega neighbor hood in San Salvador.

29yo Ricardo Gálvez fell 45 meters and suffered numerous injuries as a result. He was immediately secured and transported to the Social Security Hospital.

(Texto, vídeo y fotos de Comandos de Salvamento)